first_imgStrong investment performance and increased deficit contributions by employers were behind the reduction in the aggregate deficit, according to Barnett Waddingham.“This is the third year in a row that deficit contributions have increased, suggesting that the FTSE350 companies are stepping up their commitment to paying down DB pension scheme deficits,” it said.However, the report also found that the average deficit contribution paid by FTSE350 companies as a proportion of dividends remained at 10% in 2017.The firm speculated that the Pensions Regulator may be concerned that around 43 companies boosted dividend payments while at the same time reducing deficit contributions. “However, within this group there will be some companies who agreed to pay higher levels of contributions in the short term, which have now done their job in reducing the DB deficit,” it commented.“It is only right that they can now return to more normal contribution levels,” the firm added.Nick Griggs, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said that while the deficit shrinkage was positive news, it would not take much to tip the balance the other way.“Our analysis suggests that a 0.5% fall in bond yields in 2017 would have pushed the aggregate deficit of the FTSE350 DB schemes up to £85bn,” he said.“With the health of the UK and global economy threatened by a lack of progress with Brexit and the threat of a trade war from Trump’s America First assault, there could a major impact on the size of pension deficits and the ability of FTSE350 companies to pay the contributions needed to clear these,” Griggs warned.Separately, consultancy Mercer earlier this month released figures quantifying the likely size of UK DB deficits for FTSE350 companies, saying the aggregate pension deficit had more than halved in 2018 so far, improving by a total of £40bn from £72bn at the start of the year to £32bn.With its figures compiled on a different basis to those from Barnett Waddingham, Mercer included data for July as well as the first half.In July, both asset values and liabilities had risen and the deficit had increased by £3bn compared to £29bn at the end of June, the firm said. Pension deficits at major UK companies have fallen sharply in the first half of this year, but are still susceptible to bond yield shifts, according to a new report.Consultancy Barnett Waddingham estimated the aggregate defined benefit (DB) pension scheme deficit for companies in the FTSE350 index was around £35bn (€38.9bn) on an accounting basis at the end of June 2018, down from £55bn at the end of last year. At the beginning of last year the aggregate deficit stood at £62bn.The £35bn deficit compares to FTSE350 companies’ total pre-tax profits of £210bn, putting the collective deficit at 17% of total corporate profits compared with 70% 18 months ago, according to the firm’s latest report analysing the impact of DB pensions on UK business.This bucks the trend seen since 2011, where deficits steadily increased as a proportion of pre-tax profits from a low of 25% and hitting a peak of 70% in 2016, the firm said.last_img read more

first_img However, the veteran wants a three-year package, while Chelsea famously are reluctant to offer more than a 12-month extension to players in their thirties. But both Willian and the Blues are keen to get the situation resolved before the end of the season. Read Also:Juventus considering summer transfer swoop for Chelsea contract rebel Willian That’s even though the arrival of Ziyech will put the South American’s position under threat. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Independent says despite Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech’s pending arrival this summer, the transfer will not impact Willian. The Brazilian wide-man, 31, is out of contract in June and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian Chelsea chiefs working on securing Willian to new deallast_img read more

first_imgThe next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, popped out in foul territory. Peralta then crushed a fastball from Hill on the very next pitch.“We give up a flare base hit to Robbie Ray, third hit of the year, then we don’t turn a double play – any time you give away outs, obviously the game changes,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Yeah, you look back on that game and there are things we could’ve done a little bit better.”The Diamondbacks gave the Dodgers a free baserunner too, but the Dodgers gave it right back.Yasiel Puig was close to beating out a ground ball in the second inning when Goldschmidt threw behind the pitcher, Ray, covering first base. The ball got all the way to catcher John Ryan Murphy, who was backing up the play.Puig, however, either didn’t see Murphy or simply turned the wrong way. After he stepped toward second base, Murphy had an easy throw to first base to retire Puig.Compared to their previous five games, the Dodgers’ margin for error was as thin as a razor.“In the grand scheme of things, it’s an easy way to look at it,” Dozier said, “but good teams, number one, realize the margin of error every single game you play. I know it’s a bigger scale and it gets magnified a little bit, but I think a lot of people know that each and every game, no matter who you play, is pretty important. But it gets magnified a little bit in this series.”The Diamondbacks (74-60) have a 1½-game lead on the second-place Colorado Rockies.Hill’s five-inning start was his shortest since July 4. His scoreless streak ended at 15 innings.Right-hander Pedro Baez pitched two innings without allowing a run, his eighth straight scoreless outing. Arizona loaded the bases in the eighth inning against Caleb Ferguson, but the rookie left-hander came back to strike out John Ryan Murphy and retire Christian Walker on a flyout. Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless ninth.Related Articles The Dodgers went 0 for 5 with men in scoring position and left six runners on base. Their only run came on a solo home run by Manny Machado.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Machado was the only Dodgers starter who did not strike out. Everyone else combined to strike out 15 times against left-hander Robbie Ray (4-2) and five relievers; center fielder Chris Taylor went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts on his own.The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Dodgers (72-62). Each of those wins came against the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers, a pair of last-place teams in their respective divisions.Against the Diamondbacks, every mistake was magnified.Hill (6-5) had allowed only three hits, all singles, when Ray and Steven Souza Jr. led off the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. The next batter, A.J. Pollock, hit a ground ball to third base that carried the potential for a double play, but Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner made an errant throw. Only an athletic play by second baseman Brian Dozier, diving as he dragged his toe across the canvas, kept the ball on the infield and allowed the Dodgers to get one out on the play. PreviousDodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, talks with outfielder Yasiel Puig during batting practice prior to Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte (4) forces out Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier at second base in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp wipes his face after hitting into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) tags out ta14 at third base in the second inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits into a fielders choice against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) at first base after a throwing error in the second inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray as Puig tried to advance to second base following a throwing error on his ground ball during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta follows through on a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks congratulates David Peralta #6 on his three run home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Machado’s homer was the only run the Dodgers managed in a 3-1 loss. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado watches the flight of his home run during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig looks toward the field after striking out for the last out of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, talks with outfielder Yasiel Puig during batting practice prior to Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The margin between first and third place in the National League West is two games. The Dodgers had a chance to grab a share of first place Thursday, but a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks showed how the little things in baseball can add up to make a big difference.Dodgers starter Rich Hill was twirling a shutout in the fifth inning when he dropped down to a sidearm angle on his first pitch to David Peralta. Peralta turned on the fastball and planted a line drive over the right-field fence for a three-run homer.“I should have stayed over the top,” Hill said. “Having that loss looming over us moving forward, I think these games are huge right now. I don’t think that has to go with saying, but again, just being accountable for that pitch and understanding that cost us the game is tough.”Hill was magnanimous in defeat and merciless toward the bat rack in the Dodgers’ dugout. He kicked it angrily after pitching his final inning, but the loss wasn’t the bat rack’s fault. It wasn’t really Hill’s fault, either. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img The Dodgers mustered a couple late rallies.After Machado’s home run pulled the Dodgers within 3-1, Manager Torey Lovullo went to his bullpen in the sixth inning.Facing right-hander Brad Ziegler, Matt Kemp shot a single back up the middle and Cody Bellinger smoked a 104-mph scorcher down the first-base line. But Goldschmidt was positioned perfectly, and he stepped on first base after catching Bellinger’s line drive to complete an inning-ending double play.Singles by Turner and Machado gave the Dodgers runners on first and third base with one out in the eighth inning. Kemp strode to the plate with two hits in his first three at-bats, only to hit into a double play.Roberts said Taylor will get a day off Friday against Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. Kemp might, too; he has only six hits in 32 career at-bats against Greinke and none since 2016. With new personnel, the Dodgers can only hope for fewer strikeouts.“You can tip your cap all you want,” Dozier said, “but at the same time it’s time to bear down a little bit.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more